Friday, April 9, 2010

Moving Beyond NO DOZE

Rosemary Flanigan
April 9, 2010

Maybe because I am elderly I have more time to think about these matters, but I worry about a society that wants more and more—and if it means remembering better, operating on less sleep, overcoming inhibitions, heightening desires, etc., would anyone doubt that the lines at the drug stores will be out the doors?

I remember once buying NO DOZE around exam time in college—and that was 63 years ago! Big Pharma is way beyond No Doze now!!

Back in the March/April 2005 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics Alan Leshner opined in an issue devoted to neuroethics, “”I argue that the simple fact that the brain is the origin of the mind and therefore in many ways the seat of our very humanity, confers very special status on it as an organ. It therefore requires that we devote special attention to it, even if in concept many of the issues are not so dissimilar from the issues surrounding other biomedical phenomena.”

Lots of work ahead of us.



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